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VTTI research informs SAE International best practices for public safety and automated driving system-dedicated vehicles

In December, the Society for Automotive Engineers International’s Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) released the first set of best practices designed to help police, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel interact safely with automated driving system-dedicated vehicles (ADS-DVs)—even without the presence of human drivers.

Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and author of Survive the Drive. Photo by Ann Brown for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Publishing and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute publish 'Survive the Drive'

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,000 deaths occur each year from crashes on U.S. highways. In "Survive the Drive," Tom Dingus, one of the foremost authorities on driving safety, describes how to reduce the risk of accidents while on the road.

A research vehicle passes a tractor during a safety demonstration on the Rural Roadway test bed.

Rural test bed pioneers a new frontier of vehicle research

The Rural Roadway Expansion, which was unveiled by Virginia Tech, VTTI, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on Nov. 19, is the first research facility created to test automated driving systems and other next-generation technologies in a rural setting.


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